Studio Organizing Challenge

For 2017, instead of having a weekly organizing task, I’m doing periodic posts about how I organize something, and I encourage you to comment on those posts and let us all know how you organize the same thing, and offer up any organizing ideas you have for our sewing rooms. It’s sort of a discussion on the various ways to keep our sewing rooms in order so we can be more productive with the sewing time we have available to us.

I’ll also be offering up an occasional challenge — when I see something especially annoying in my own sewing space that I need to get under control, I’ll tell you about it, and if you’re having the same issue, you can join in and do the challenge with me. Click the links below to view the details of each challenge, or read the organizing posts. Below those are links to all the weekly challenges from 2016 and 2015, in case you want to revisit any of those.

My Scrap Storage Method

Studio Organizing Challenge #1: Work on organizing your books and magazines

Studio Organizing  Challenge #2: Pick at least two things from Sherri’s list to work on in your own space

Studio Organizing Challenge Tasks, 2016

January 4: Deal with paper clutter

January 11: Clean off computer files

January 18: Choose an old UFO to work on

January 25: Work on organizing your books and magazines (and patterns)

February 1: Organize something that is bothering you

February 8: Clean out your sewing box

February 15: Eradicate a pile

February 22: Clean out a drawer or clean off a shelf

February 29: Clean up the floor in your sewing room

March 7: Clean up the area around your sewing machine

March 14: Organize your thread

March 21: Clean off your cutting table

March 28: Choose something YOU want to organize

April 4: Work on your scraps

April 11: Clean off a shelf or clean out a drawer

April 18: Revisit a previous task that you still need to work on

April 25: Pick one thing you’ve been procrastinating on organizing and just do it

May 2: Choose a UFO to work on

May 9: Spend at least 15 minutes putting things away

May 16: Revisit a previous task

May 23: Clean out a drawer

June 6: Clean off your main work surface

June 13: Clean up the area around your sewing machine OR
Give your sewing machine a good cleaning

June 20: Organize your notions

June 27: Eradicate a pile

July 18: Pick a project to use some of your scraps in

July 25: Work on organizing your scraps

August 8: Change your rotary cutter blade OR
Clean off and backup your computer files

August 22: Clean up the floor area in your sewing room/Eradicate a pile

October 3: Put away stray fabric

October 24: Choose an area to reset, redesign, reboot, or overhaul

November 7: Choose one thing from Sherri’s list that you’d like to do

November 14: Clean off your main work surface

November 21: Spend at least 30 minutes putting things away

December 5: Clean out a drawer

December 12: Pick a WIP to finish

The 2015 Studio Organizing Challenge

January 1: Organize your oldest UFO

January 8: Work on organizing your magazines or books

January 15: Change your rotary cutter blade

January 22: Organize your marking pens and pencils

January 29: Clean out and organize one drawer

February 5: Clean off your cutting table or main work area

February 12: Learn to use a new tool

February 19: Put away stray fabric and other items

February 26: Deal with the paper clutter

March 5: Revisit a previous task and work on it again

March 12: Organize your thread

March 19: Clean out one drawer

March 26: Work on your one UFO that is closest to finished

April 2: Eradicate a pile

April 9: Choose one small area that needs attention and work on it

April 16: Organize your ruler collection

April 23: Clean up the area around your sewing machine

April 30: Choose 10 things to deal with

May 7: Clean your sewing machine (or have it serviced)

May 14: Put together a travel sewing kit

May 21: Clean out a storage area

May 28: Clean out a fabric bin

June 4: Revisit a previous task and work on it again

June 11: Clean out one drawer

June 18: Work on organizing your magazines or books

June 25: Make a list

July 2: Organize your UFOs

July 9: Fix something that’s broken

July 16: Clean off your cutting table or main work surface

July 23: Deal with the scrap pile

July 30: Eradicate a pile

August 6: Clean up and back up your computer files

August 13: Choose 10 things to deal with

August 20: Choose one thing you’ve discovered needs more work, and work on it

August 27: Organize your finished quilts

September 3: Clean out and organize one drawer

September 10: Clean out or reorganize a fabric storage area

September 17: Organize your hand sewing supplies

September 24: Pick a UFO to concentrate on

October 1: Revisit a previous task and work on it again

October 8: Organize your needles

October 15: Work on organizing books and magazines (and patterns)

October 22: Clean out a drawer

October 29: Choose 3 things you’ve been putting off doing and do them

November 5: Clean your sewing machine and the area around it

November 12: Make a list

November 19: Put away stray fabric/organize a fabric bin

November 26: Clean out a drawer

December 3: Try to finish a UFO

December 10: Clean up the floor in your sewing area

December 17: Finish up any last-minute Christmas gifts

December 23: Do something for yourself